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May 4, 2012

"Pelosi blasts crackdown on medical marijuana"

The title of this post is the headline of this new piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, which begins and ends this way:

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has joined critics of the Obama administration's campaign against medical marijuana suppliers in California, saying the government is endangering patients and undermining its own proclaimed policy of deferring to states on the issue.

"I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medical marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California," the San Francisco congresswoman said in a statement Wednesday.

It was Pelosi's first public criticism of the actions announced in October by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of San Francisco and federal prosecutors in the state's other three regions to crack down on marijuana dispensaries by going after their landlords.

The prosecutors accused pot suppliers of using California's 1996 medical marijuana law as a cover for making huge profits. They said they would notify dispensaries' landlords that they were violating federal drug laws and could lose their property or face criminal prosecution.

Since then, about 300 marijuana dispensaries in California have shut down because of fears of prosecution or eviction, including five in San Francisco, said Kris Hermes, spokesman for the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access. He said more than 1,000 medical marijuana suppliers are still operating.

Critics of the policy accuse President Obama of breaking a campaign pledge not to interfere with states' enforcement of their medical marijuana laws, and a 2009 Justice Department memo discouraging federal prosecutors from charging people who were complying with state laws....

Pelosi, in her statement, said the administration's actions were hurting seriously ill patients. "I have long supported efforts in Congress to advocate federal policies that recognize the scientific evidence and clinical research demonstrating the medical benefits of medicinal marijuana (and) that respects the wishes of the states in providing relief to ill individuals," she said.

Pelosi's full statement on this topic is available at this link.

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Time for me to get on my knees and thank God for my adversaries.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 4, 2012 3:17:44 AM

|| Child Abuse & Neglect-Vol:36, Issue: 2/12 || (2nd hand cannabis intoxication of infant}

"[C]ase study of a previously healthy 13-month old male infant who was brought to the emergency department due to apathy, unresponsiveness, loss of appetite, and mild fever."

"The parents of the child admitted to having smoked cannabis for an extended period of time in their residence while the infant was sleeping."

"This led to the infant being passively exposed to cannabis for several hours."

2nd Hand Tobacco Smoke damages lung function.

2nd Hand Marijuana Smoke damages lung and brain function.

Posted by: Adamakis | May 4, 2012 11:01:49 AM

I'm certainly no expert in this area...But I think I'm smarter than Nancy Pelosi...Mary Jane is a stepping stone drug and its stronger than ever these days...It sounds legite to let a select few have stores available... But 300 have shutdown and 1000 or more are still out there... This is not serving a select few for medicinal purposes....Its serving a mob that are part of the space program from NASA, just getting high..So DOJ is doing the right thing....Iknow the war on drugs is not winable, but we can't open the door totally and let the gentile flower childs of CA run rampid...

Posted by: Abe | May 4, 2012 11:05:35 AM

Abe,

Marijuana is a stepping stone to nothing, just like heroin, meth, caffeine, alcohol or anything else. People are wired differently and enjoy different kinds of highs. I really like stimulants like caffeine. I can't stand to drink alcohol because it makes me depressed. I was transported in an ambulance once and given morphine for the pain. I would have preferred the pain to the morphine, the feeling from the morphine was just that horrible to me. This is all anecdotal, but you can see my point.

Posted by: Jardinero1 | May 4, 2012 11:36:54 AM

when more of the tight butt older white farts pass into the afterlife hopefully saner minds will prevail

Posted by: an aging older person | May 4, 2012 1:19:44 PM

"when more of the tight butt older white farts pass into the afterlife hopefully saner minds will prevail"

Except that most of these "older white farts" were around during the swinging 60s, probably believed in legalization back then, and changed their minds once they grew older and settled down. History repeats itself.

Posted by: de Maistre | May 4, 2012 2:27:05 PM

de Maistre --

Bingo.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 4, 2012 3:38:59 PM

Authoritarians think they know better than others.

They are enemies of individual liberty.

When individuals knowingly and voluntarily decide to ingest particular substances, sometimes at the recommendation of doctors, there is no room for government involvement.

Yes - government can and should prosecute driving under the influence of alcohol, LSD, etc. But government has no proper role in breaking down the doors of the homes of people like Steve Jobs and George W. Bush when they consume drugs like cocaine in their back yards.

Posted by: Calif. Capital Defense Counsel | May 4, 2012 3:50:22 PM

"older white farts" were around during the swinging 60s"

true, that's because in mind they were already 'old farts' back then and continued to be for their entire lives but the rest of humanity continues to hope and pray daily that their exit from earth will be expeditious for the betterment of all mankind

Posted by: an aging older person | May 4, 2012 4:29:10 PM

What could be more uplifting or persuasive than an "argument" that those taking the opposing viewpoint should drop dead? I guess that seals the deal for "medical" pot!

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 5, 2012 10:02:43 AM

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